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The Auburn Avenue Commercial District is internationally recognized as the birthplace of the civil rights movement. Landmark historic structures, including the 1914 Odd Fellows Building, Ebenezer Baptist Church, headquarters of the Southern Christian LeadershipConference, and both the birthplace and grave site of Martin Luther King, Jr. are at the heart of Atlanta’s African American history. Beginning in the early 1970’s, many businesses closed and residents moved away, and since then, revitalization efforts for Auburn Avenue have been attempted, but with limited success. The Georgia Trust placed Auburn Avenue on its 2006 Places in Peril list.
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